Bob Sterry joined the OPA board on Nov. 7. He replaces Priscilla Hunter, who has moved to Texas.
Bob is a voice-over actor, audiobook narrator, writer of short stories and poetry, singer, occasional stage actor and humorist. Originally trained in England as a research analytical chemist, he immigrated into the United States in 1973, working as a wine waiter in New Jersey and a steelyard forklift truck driver in Connecticut before spending a professional career in the marketing of scientific instruments and services in New Jersey, Hong Kong and around the world.
It was not until he started writing short articles, essays and poetry whilst patiently waiting for airplanes and customers and doctors and dentists that his creative writing talents found an outlet, and he began reading his poetry at open mics and singing seriously. He and his wife Anne-Louise Sterry, a well-known speaker, singer-songwriter, and storyteller, founded a short lived but much-loved faux cowboy wannabe band, ‘Anne-Louise and the Cascade Urban Cowboys’. Encouraged, he began his own show of songs and spoken word; a satirical cabaret with Broadway and the English Musical Hall grinning in the wings. Recent shows were ‘The Bob Sterry Atomic Summer Show’ and “The Book of Bob”, and “A Sterry Sterry Night” with Anne-Louise Sterry. Bob also appeared in the Stumptown Stages productions of “Ebenezer Ever after”, “Jekyll and Hyde,” and really enjoyed playing the role of Satan in Terry D. Kester’s production of “JB”.
Bob continues to wait patiently and write poetry and essays reflecting very much his cabaret style, with excursions into more serious commentary on life, humor and outright comedy. His first chapbook, “Wing Nut”, was published a decade ago and “The Bob Sterry School of Burglary” was published in 2018. No one else has yet dared to publish his work and it appears nowhere but here…and…perhaps there. By the way, he is passionate about cycle racing, cooking, language and literature.